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Broccoli Pasta With Chilli, Garlic And Parmesan

Orecchiette broccoli pasta made with chilli, garlic and parmesan. This is the quickest 10-minute meal using only 5 ingredients, it’s not only easy to make but delicious and healthy too. It makes a great weeknight meal when you’re in a hurry and can even be eaten cold for lunches the next day.

Because quick meals on weeknights are a must!

An overhead shot of two plates of broccoli pasta with scattered basil leaves

I dunno about you but on weeknights, I need something quick, easy and full of flavour. Come dinner time I am so hungry that the last thing I want to be doing is starting a meal that’s going to take the best part of an hour before making its way to the table.

Hense why this quick broccoli pasta is my new favourite thing! I have to admit when I think of broccoli I think meh. I could really take it or leave it and it’s something I don’t really get excited about unless it’s covered in cheese in a recipe like my baked cauliflower cheese and fennel.

BUT here’s the thing, broccoli and pasta is a pretty popular meal here in Italy. I have a few friends that would have no shame in saying broccoli pasta is their favourite meal, ever! Of course, I would look at them as if they’d just let one go but after making it for myself, I have to say it is dee-licious (really, seriously!).

How To Make Broccoli Pasta With Chilli, Garlic & Parmesan- Step By Step

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cut the broccoli into small florets and add them to pot with the pasta after 5 minutes (photos 1 & 2).

Tip: Don’t throw away the broccoli stalk. Chop it up and add it to other pasta dishes or stir-fries it’s delicious and so full of goodness.

Meanwhile, finely chop the shallot, garlic clove and fresh chilli and add it to a frying pan with a good glug of olive oil. Saute everything slowly until the pasta and broccoli are ready (around 3 minutes) (photo 3).

Step by step photos for making a healthy broccoli pasta

Drain the broccoli and pasta then add them to the pan with the shallot, garlic and chilli. Add the parmesan and stir until everything is combined and coated evenly, season with a little salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon, serve (photos 4-6).

That’s it, seriously can it get much easier than that? I love this pasta dish because it’s so fresh and light and it’s a great way to get more green veggies into your diet without thinking mehh broccoli.

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A close up of broccoli pasta on a plate the chopped fresh chilli and lemon scattered over the top

What Can I Add To Broccoli Pasta – Some Variations

  • Add chicken for extra protein
  • Swap the broccoli for romanesco or cauliflower
  • Different cheeses such as gruyere or pecorino
  • Grated zucchini/courgette

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5 from 8 votes
Broccoli Pasta with Chilli, Garlic and Parmesan
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Orecchiette broccoli pasta made with chilli, garlic and parmesan. This is the quickest 10-minute meal using only 5 ingredients, it's not only easy to make but delicious and healthy too. It makes a great weeknight meal when you're in a hurry and can even be eaten cold for lunches the next day.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 380 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 1 small broccoli
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • 1 shallot
  • 10.5 oz (300g) orrecchiette pasta , or similar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp parmesan
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cut the broccoli into small florets and add them to pot with the pasta after 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the shallot, garlic clove and fresh chilli and add it to a frying pan with a 1 tbsp of olive oil. Saute everything slowly until the pasta and broccoli are ready (around 3 minutes).

  3. Drain the broccoli and pasta then add them to the pan with the shallot, garlic and chilli. Add the parmesan and stir until everything is combined and coated evenly, season with a little salt and pepper and a squueze of lemon juice, serve.
Recipe Notes

Tip: Don't throw away the broccoli stalk. Chop it up and add it to other pasta dishes, salads or stir-fries. It's so delicious and full of goodness.

What Can I Add To Broccoli Pasta - Some Variations

  • Add chicken for extra protein
  • Swap the broccoli for romanesco or cauliflower
  • Different cheeses such as gruyere or pecorino
  • Grated zucchini/courgette

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Pasta with Chilli, Garlic and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Potassium 704mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 21.5%
Vitamin C 184.8%
Calcium 11.7%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    February 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I love the flavors here. I’d throw in some white wine to the sauce to round it out and help deglaze.

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    Natalie
    February 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    This pasta dish looks so delicious and healthy! Such a great idea for weekdays dinner – quick and easy.

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    Leslie
    February 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Pasta and vegetables are SO good! Love all the variations you recommended and the addition of shallots. (I don’t think shallots get enough love in America) Yum!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    February 25, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I love the look of this. So much colour and goodness – the perfect light lunch.

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    February 25, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious – a nice light option for lunch or dinner. I like the fact that it takes such a small amount of time.

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    Angela
    February 23, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Simple, quick but SO tasty!! Love this!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    February 22, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I love the addition of chili and garlic, two of my favorite ingredients!

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    Traci
    February 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    You had me at broccoli…and I lovvvvvve the orrecchiette pasta! Those noodles are my favorite way to eat just about any pasta these days. Thanks for a great recipe… Pinning!

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    Sharon
    February 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I love this light pasta dish. Perfect for a full meal and leftovers for lunch the next day.

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    Julia
    February 22, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    10 minutes to make this pasta? Wow, that I call the perfect weeknight dinner!

  • Reply
    Haley Williams
    February 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    This is so colorful and delicious! I definitely don’t think “mehh broccoli” 😉

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